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    hello all,

    i want to know if there were any instrumented/ objective ways to measure the
    patellar tendon reflex (not merely its presence or absence). we are
    interested in studying the proprioceptive ability of the muscle spindles in
    the patellar tendon and were planning to look at the magnitude of knee joint
    extension in response to the tap on the tendon.

    in a pubmed search as well as a general search on the internet, i have found
    a few papers that describe instrumented proprioceptive tests for the knee
    (e.g. joint position and angular velocity detection). although these
    indirectly relate to what we have in mind, i have not found any direct
    reference to measuring the patellar tendon reflex.

    can anyone please help me?

    thank you.

    kunal katdare
    research engineer
    applied biodynamics lab
    boston university
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